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Find out what is going on at Welch Creek here! The picture below was taken by the Hayes family for a special military project we were able to be a part of. A special packet was sent to our local National Guard with this picture from our church in it! We sure hope this packet was a blessing! 


"Staying Young"

posted Nov 12, 2017, 2:14 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Nov 12, 2017, 2:15 PM ]

"Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. 
They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing."
                                                                                                                                ~Psalm 92:13-14
                                      
          Some people are old before their fortieth birthday; others reach 90 and still seem young. What is the difference? Attitude! The body will age, but we get old only if we choose to do so. God desires that believers live each day fully so that He can use them.
        First, we need to keep learning. Some people are satisfied with their present level of knowledge because learning something new would tax their brains. Discovering fresh concepts guarantees we can continue being productive in the world. When we get God's perspective, anxiety and fear diminish so that our body and mind can function at top levels. As you are learning, you are growing. When you quit learning, you will quit growing; and to quit growing means you are dying faster.
        Greatness is seen in the Christian who lives to keep learning. Someone once said, "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." There is some great truth to that statement. Keep your thoughts on the things that honor GOD. It will be good for others and yourself.
              
              November 12th, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"The Treasure in Earthen Vessels"

posted Nov 9, 2017, 1:13 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 1:13 PM ]

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that                                                                 
                                    the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."
                                                                                                                                Malachi 1:6
                                      
          When you buy a nice piece of jewelry, it is often tucked into a setting of black or dark colored velvet. It is designed that way so that your attention is immediately drawn to the beauty of the jewelry. If the packaging were decorated, it could compete with the beauty of the treasure.
        The verse above reminds us about the ministry of Jesus through us. It is easy to forget that we are the packaging, and He is the treasure in us. We must never get the idea that it is about us. All that we may do should reveal the Lord Jesus and His work in us. Some people seek to bring glory to themselves when they have forgiven someone, or shown mercy, or given generously. The problem is, when we start seeking praise or affirmation for our good deeds or good talents, we compete with the brilliance of the treasure of God that is working through us.
        The less obvious we are, the more brilliant He becomes. That is why the verse says we are just jars of clay (earthen vessels), so that God would be the One to be glorified. How much of the beauty of Christ is seen in and through you? What a wonderful Treasure we have in Him! Let us so live that all whom we meet will see not us, but HIM!
              
              November 5th, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"What You Leave Behind"

posted Nov 1, 2017, 1:08 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 1:09 PM ]

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter.      Fear God and keep his commandments 
                                                        for this is the whole duty of man."             Malachi 1:6
                                      
          When your time comes to die, what will you leave behind? One thing is for sure, you will take no possession on earth with you. Even your body will be left here. In reality, you will leave behind many things. You may go so far as to leave a "last will" so that others can get what you left for them. A "will" is a good thing to have if you really care about those you leave things to.
        As good as a "will" can be, it will not take the place of your name and reputation that you will also leave here. We read  and hear much about famous people in all walks of life. What good will it be if they only leave behind some worldly achievement? The glamour of the world's most famous people will not be of any good to them after death.
        Your walk with God and how He lived in your life is the greatest testimony you could leave here. The words, "Fear (honor) God and obey His commandments," doesn't fit well in our present day. They will go a long way when you stand before our Savior. What will you leave behind?
              
                October 29th, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Casual and Contemporary"

posted Nov 1, 2017, 12:36 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 12:36 PM ]

"These people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Mark 7:6-7
"A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if I then be a father, where is mine honour?" Malachi 1:6
                                      
          With the rise of casual Fridays in the workplace and schools, we have seen the overwhelming rise in casual Sundays. The contemporary movement in church is now epidemic. It has brought with it the idea that God accepts any and all kinds of worship. Respect and honor for the Lord of Lords and King of Kings has vanished from most churches. Honor and respect for the house of God has become a lost virtue.
        Respect has waned between the husband and wife for each other, so the children have little respect for Mom and Dad unless anger and threats gain their attention. Respect for teachers, the pastor, youth workers, and adults in general is lamented. Respect for buildings, rules, and courtesy at church is greatly diminished because it is not taught, nor practiced at home.
        The modern church service has become a place where people come not to honor God, but to honor themselves. They want music and messages that feed their flesh instead of their souls. They dress as if they were at a beach or backyard party. It is no wonder we are seeing morals and respect going down the drain. What ever happened to our fear (RESPECT) for our God and HIS place of worship?
              
                October 22nd, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Is There A God?"

posted Nov 1, 2017, 12:25 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 12:26 PM ]

This week's thoughts come from Dr. Tim Green. I trust it will bless and encourage you.

"And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge.."
                                      

          One day in a school in Russia, an eight-year-old was asked by his teacher to "shake his fist in the face of God." The young lad was a Christian and though only a child, he knew he could not obey his teacher's foolish order. He sat stiffly in his seat. His teacher scolded him, "Young man, you are not obedient."
        However, with wisdom far beyond his brief days, the young student replied, "If there is a God, as you say, then there is no face for me to shake my fist at!"
        Looks like to me the promise of Matthew 10:9 was fulfilled in this courageous boy's life, "..... take no thought how or what ye shall speak; for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak." The spirit of God gave him the words to shut the instructor's mouth and boldly proclaim his faith in God. Yes, THERE IS A GOD!
        Many today have been given over by God and have become reprobate (Romans 1:28b). Thousands have seemingly become ".. haters of God..." (Romans 1:30). Atheists and agnostics abound; however, I believe some just "act" in a manner that belies the deep-seated truth of the existence of God. They hope there is not One to answer to or to give an account to. In their hearts they know, "So then everyone of us shall give an account of himself to God." (Romans 14:12). It is only the fool that says there is no God. (Psalm 14:1). - Tim Green
              
                October 15th, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"God's Favour"

posted Oct 31, 2017, 11:39 AM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Oct 31, 2017, 11:40 AM ]

                "and shall obtain favour of the Lord."   ~  Proverbs 8:35; Proverbs 12:2
                                      
 "... Among the righteous, there is favour" ~ Proverbs 1:9

          These are only two of the many Bible verses which reveal that our Heavenly Father does show "favour" to His family. It is true that God is no respecter of persons when it comes to being.saved. It is also true that He loves each of us the same. His love for us will never waiver. His is an eternal love that goes beyond the thoughts of man. But, He will show favour to those who desire to live for Him. Disobedience and willful sin will rob any saved person of God's favour. Just as any sensible parent would reward a wayward, rebellious child, so does our God.
        This favour can come upon a saved person as they daily seek to follow after God. When a person's motives and ambitions are based on God's word, then His favour comes to them. This favour can be material things, but more important, it can be spiritual. Peace, joy, power, patience, understanding, wisdom, knowledge, and so much more can be given to those who live to please the Lord. You determine God's blessings and favour in your life. Obedience is the key. Learn to live in His favour.
              
                October 8th, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Prayer"

posted Oct 31, 2017, 11:20 AM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Oct 31, 2017, 11:20 AM ]

"Be careful for nothing: but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving 
let your requests be made known unto God."
                                                                                                                     ~  Philippians 4:13


          One writer said this, "The language of prayer is forged in the crucible of trouble. When we can't help ourselves, and call for help, when we don't like where we are and want out, when we don't like who we are and want a change, we use primal language, and this  language becomes the root language of prayer." When we are in desperate need, prayer springs naturally from the deepest level of our hearts. When we're frightened, when we are pushed beyond our limits, when we're pulled out of our comfort zones, when our well-being is challenged and endangered, we involuntarily resort to prayer.
        Prayer begins in trouble. It shouldn't be, but it does, and continues because it seems we always have some kind of trouble in our lives. It requires no special preparation, no precise vocabulary, and no appropriate posture. It springs forth from us in the face of necessity and, in time, becomes are habitual response to every issue - whether good or bad.
        What a wonderful gift we have from God in the matter of prayer. What a privilege it is to carry everything to God in prayer! 
              October 1st, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Thou Art Mine"

posted Sep 25, 2017, 12:14 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 12:14 PM ]

"BUT NOW THUS SAITH THE LORD, THAT CREATED THEE, O JACOB, 
AND HE THAT FORMED THEE, O ISRAEL, FEAR NOT: FOR I HAVE REDEEMED THEE, 
I HAVE CALLED THEE BY THY NAME; THOU ART MINE."
                                                                                                                             ~  ISAIAH 43:1


          This chapter in the book of Isaiah is filled with wonderful verses telling us how God feels towards those who are saved. It has time and time again, been one of the chapters that I turn to when I find myself in troubling situations. This chapter is a treasure chest filled with gems that sparkle with God's great love for us! 
        Allow me to give you some of the assuring words from this chapter to aid you today as you face your troubles and cares of life:
"I have redeeemed thee"
"I have called thee by name"
"Thou art mine"
"I will be with thee"
"Thou wast precious in my sight"
"Fear not; for I am with thee"
"Ye are witnesses"
"I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no Savior"
"There is none that can deliver out of my hand"
                                                        "I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator"
                                                                "I will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert"
        We have a wonderful God! One that you can trust in as you pray. Learn to rely upon His precious Word, the Bible. Make sure you are in the church services so you can join others who can join with you in praise and worship. Never forget that in a world of billions of people, you are special to Him. Remember the words in the first verse of this chapter, "Thou are MINE!"
              September 24th, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Get To Work"

posted Sep 25, 2017, 10:34 AM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 10:40 AM ]

"And there was not a man to till the ground."
                                                                                     ~  Genesis 2:5


          Benjamin Franklin said, "No man ever was glorious who was not laborious." Henry Ford spoke to 100,000 boy scouts and said, Success cannot be measured or attained by genius, but by hard work
        Our verse above reveal that God could not find anyone to till the ground. Could the reason be that this was hard work? It is not a high profile job. It is a job that is not in the limelight. God is looking for those who have a mind to work, even when that work is not looked upon as successful by the world.
        Even people who may not have to work in the outdoors, they too, must learn to work hard and even long hours. Any person not willing to put in the long hours and tough times will never know real success. We have raised two generations of young people who have been government raised. They have learned how to use the government to meet all their needs. Even parents today are raising their children to look to them (parents) for what they need.
        Our nation needs a revival of good work ethics. People who work for what they earn, usually appreciate what they have. God will bless the laborers who put their best into whatever they attempt to do.
        From the pulpit to the pew, God has a work for all to do. Work will get no one to Heaven, but work will bless the person who does it honestly.
              September 17th, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Jesus' Church"

posted Sep 6, 2017, 1:15 PM by Dylan Lamb   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 1:16 PM ]

"I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
                                                                                     ~  Matthew 16:18


          The church that Jesus speaks of here is a far cry from the churches of today. When most think of a church, they think of a building with a cross on a steeple and stained-glass windows. In our culture, many have made the church much like a glorified social club or a theater of entertainment. The church is not a building, but rather a body of believers who meet under the authority of their leader: Jesus Christ. This body of believers meet for a three-fold purpose: Exaltation of the Lord, Edification and growth of the believers, and the Evangelization of an unbelieving world.
        The main focus should be to exalt our great God. Psalm 100:2-4, tells how we can do this, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise." Since the church is a "called out" people, it must teach and equip its members on how to be spiritually minded and grow in the grace of God.
        The third goal of the church is to be evangelists in its outreach. Soul-winning should be the driving force behind every church ministry. We are to reach unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. He is the only Saviour; and our goal must be to plant and water the message of grace everywhere. The church should never forget it's purpose. When these three areas are being carried out by a local church, Satan cannot stop it. It will march on with the power of its God in it.
              September 3rd, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

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